Review Date: April 27, 1998
Writer: Tom Matthews
Producers: Arnold Kopelson and Anne Kopelson
John Travolta as Sam Baily
Dustin Hoffman as Max Brackett
Never thought he could pull it off with his extreme popularity as a personality, but he did. Hoffman didn't surprise me one bit in this film, and seemed to be walking through his role as the roving reporter. I did however notice the beautiful eyes of Mia Kirshner of EXOTICA fame. 'Tis to note that JoBlo once had a crush on Mia while she attended his alma matter in Montreal, and even thought about meeting her in a hallway one day, and asking her out for a coffee. 'Twas not to be. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone who has already seen any other hostage picture. Nothing in this movie will surprise or impress you. Its title spurts the flow of unoriginality, and it's downhill from there. If you're a big Travolta fan, or you dig the way he sported his sideburns in this flick (admittedly, I also dug the burns), then by all means, rent it with your friends, and count the number of things that you've already seen in other, better movies. If not, then rent the film I recommended earlier, or for a funnier, more upbeat hostage film, go out and rent another "dumb guy taking people hostage" film titled CADILLAC MAN, and starring the sporadically-funny Robin Williams. But don't ever say that I never warned you about this film.